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RUSH FIRE DISTRICT – OCTOBER - NOVEMBER NEWS

RUSH FIRE DISTRICT: There will be a Fire District Public Budget hearing at Fire Station #1 1971 Rush-Mendon Road, on Tuesday - October 17th at 7:00 pm. This hearing and date is set by NYS Law.

ACCESS & HOUSE NUMBERS:” HELP us so we can HELP you”.  We are still having serious problems with gaining access into many properties along with not being able to find homes in emergencies due to no visible or legible addresses on the house or mailboxes. Did YOU know that there are local and state codes that you have to comply with? Not complying with these codes could delay the Fire Dept., Ambulance, and Sheriffs in getting to you and the Fire Dept. damage to our expensive equipment.  This could cost you loss of life and property.  For more information please contact The Rush Town Code Enforcement Officer so you can be compliant.

ANNUAL BUDGET: The purposed 2018 fire district budget was approved at the September meeting. The tax rate will remain at $1.12 per thousand. Last Year it was $1.12.

We have kept this rate by reducing money into the capitol reserve accounts and cutting back in other areas where we could. Firefighters are now cleaning both stations and continue to mow the lawns. We also are under the NYS mandated 2% cap by $12,000. Our cap rate could have been $357,000. Our budget came in at $345,000. This includes money into reserve funds for new large apparatus, radio system replacement, major repairs on the property and other major maintenance.

WHY THIS LOWER RATE? We have this lower rate because of the generous contributions made to the Rush Fire Department Inc. Fund Drive by the residents of Rush, carnival profit and memorial funds. The amount per resident donated is not matched anywhere in western NY.

The house 1 45KW Generator, The Rescue trucks, Ambulances, ATV w/ trailer and 2 boats with trailer and equipment was all paid for by FD Fund Drives, Carnival Profit and other fund raisers. Over the years the FD has donated over 2 million $$ dollars worth of vehicles and equipment to the Fire District.  

NEW HELMETS: The district and department will do a group purchase for new protective helmets for non-firefighting activities. The total cost is $ 9,734. Each will pay $4,867 – The districts money comes from the taxpayers the departments money from 2017 Fund drive.   

PERSONNEL COSTS: Thanks to a 100% volunteer response force of the Rush Fire Department the personnel cost to protect you and respond to your emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week will remain the same - ZERO!    

FROM COMMISSIONER GOODMAN: The Members of the Rush Fire Department would like to recognize Bob Faugh for 45 years of service to the community as an Emergency Medical Technician.  Bob has decided hang up his stethoscope. Bob has been the back bone of the Rush Ambulance and over the years has been the recipient of many awards. He has dedicated a good part of his life to the service of the Rush Residents and we applaud you.

FIRE DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS ELECTION: Any resident can run for fire commissioner position. This is a volunteer position with a five year term. A petition is required with 25 Rush tax payers signatures. The election is held the first Tuesday in December at the main fire station. 

RUSH VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT & AMBULANCE:

FACEBOOK: “Like us” Rush Volunteer Fire Department. There are health & safety messages posted, breaking news on incidents, congratulations to our members, photos  and much more. Check it out.  The web site is www.RushFD.org     

PARADES: Parade season is over. Rush won prizes at every parade we attended. Our color guard, marching unit, Ladies Auxiliary, FD band, Pumper 584 and our 1947 Federal pumper best antique.  

FUND DRIVE: The second request will go out in within a few weeks. These reminders are for the 500 residents who did not respond to our May request. Over 900 of the 1,400 residents of Rush sent in a donation or selected their United Way donation to go to us. Including United Way donations this will add up to $44,000 for 2017. A SINCERE THANKS TO THOSE WHO RESPONDED.

NEW FD MEMBERS: Zachary J. Dubois of East River Rd. and Dan Kweicien, a paid Henrietta FD fire dispatcher have joined us. State laws will not allow him to volunteer in Henrietta. We are glad to have both of these new people.  

FIRE PREVENTION: A full week schedule will be conducted at the Leary School and other locations during fire prevention week. We feel that these efforts do work and help control accidental fires and resulting injuries or death in Rush. 

CAN YOU BE SEEN? Many of you jog and/or walk along the road. It has come to our attention that many of you CANNOT be seen. Some wear dark clothing or ride some type of motorized chair/device with NO REFLECTIVE or LIGHT COLORS ON that could endanger your life. Also carry some type of ID and emergency notification information with you. PLEASE wear something reflective – Lime-Yellow with reflective tape should work.   

“IS THERE A FIRE IN YOU?” This state wide recruitment program has a goal of 15,000 new firefighters. In just 10 years the number of volunteer firefighters in NYS has dropped from 120,000 to 80,000. www.RushFD.org web site has a link to the state program and information on our home page. There is also a box to click on for membership information. We will have an open house during fire prevention week.

RUSH FIRE DEPARTMENT WEB SITE IS: www.Rushfd.org – Go there for news, photos, history, recruitment info, membership lists, officers, apparatus, classic photos, links to other related sites. We are also now on Facebook under Rush Volunteer Fire Department.

The RUSH FIRE DISTRICT WEB SITE IS: www.RushFire District.org